It’s not about the offending!

A new approach to youth justice...

This week the Youth Justice Board published it’s annual stats report.

There’s good news again – fewer kids in prison, and fewer in the system generally.

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But we still have a re-offending rate of 37.9% – pretty much the same as last year (and still a good bit higher than it was 10 years ago!)

Here’s how we might fix it…

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Kids With Harmful Sexual Behaviour

Keeping victim experiences central...

Before I left my specialist position working with harmful sexual behaviour full time, we’d dealt with over 800 cases.

That teaches you a thing or two about how the whole thing works!

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Photo courtesy of ©123rf/Nagy-Bagoly Ilona (adapted)

One lesson that stands out…

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For the love of statistics!

How data-gathering undermines the work...

In my view, agency (& government) obsession with data-gathering has gone too far.

The method is wrong, the emphasis is wrong, the outcomes are wrong. So what’s to be done?

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Image courtesy of ©123rf/sellingpix (adapted)

How numbers are replacing people…

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Secure care

10 practice tips...

My few years working in secure residential child care was probably the steepest learning curve of my career to date.

It is a unique hot-house of challenge and delights.

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Image courtesy of ©123rf/Haessig Jérémy

So how can we do it better?

There are lessons here for everybody…

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Why the brain matters in youth justice…

Neuro-disability: what it is & what to do about it...

The very first youth justice case I had, involved brain injury.

It took me the best part two years to discover this, by which time it was too late. The lad went to custody. Needlessly.

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So it’s crucial that those working with all troubled teenagers know a bit about neuro-disability…

Here’s a summary of the issues…

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Young offenders as victims…

6 key recommendations for youth justice...

About 3 hours in to my first day in a youth justice team, one thing became clear.

Most of these kids are victims too!

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Photos courtesy of ©iStockphoto/Imgorthand & ©123rf/AlexanderRaths (adapted)

So how do we address the victim needs of young people who offend?

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Introducing the TRM website…

I’m delighted to introduce you to a new website – www.TraumaRecoveryModel.com 

Myself and my colleague, Dr Tricia Skuse, have finally set up an online place for our model, The TRM.

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For those of you who work with troubled young people, in whatever field, this is for you…

To visit the site click here. There’s space for you to enter your email if you want to subscribe for future updates.

Enjoy!

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Risk? What risk?…

“Risk” is one of those words. It gets used a lot. Often without much explanation.

Risks ahead - signpost...

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Children and young people are often spoken of as being “at risk,” or as “posing risks” to others.

But what do we mean by these terms?

What is “risk?”

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Harmful sexual behaviour in adolescents – key books…

When I meet someone who’s an expert in their field, I often ask this question: “What single book would you recommend to someone who wants an overview of this subject?”

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/Sashkinw

Occasionally-when there are no experts available!-I’m asked the same question. One of the subjects that crops up more than most is harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) in children and young people…

Good reading on HSB…

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